Martin Luther King Jr  Day of Service and Learning 2023

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Learning 2023

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Bowling Green State University will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 16, 2023, with a day of service and learning. The MLK Day of Service and Learning will be an opportunity for the BGSU campus community to come together to learn and reflect on contemporary issues through the Symposium on Diversity and connect with the Bowling Green, Ohio, and greater Northwest Ohio community by performing community service activities on and off the BGSU campus throughout the day.

How to Get Involved

On and off campus partners should sign up with BGSUserves and join the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Learning page. This will be the central “hub” for all on and off campus learning and service events.  

If you have any questions or concerns about the 2023 MLK Day of Service and Learning, please email Amanda Anastasia Paniagua at

Tentative Schedule/Format for the Day


Eighth Symposium on Diversity
Monday, Jan. 16, 2023 
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Lenhart Grand Ballroom 
Bowen-Thompson Student Union 


9:30-9:35 a.m. - Welcoming Remarks 

Dr. Cordula Mora, director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship

9:35-9:45 a.m. – Opening Remarks

Dr. Rodney Rogers, president of BGSU

Kyrsten Stuckey Headshot9:45-10:30 a.m. – Keynote Speaker: Kyrsten Stuckey

BGSU undergraduate student, President's Leadership Academy scholar and president of the National
Pan-Hellenic Council
"The Legacy We Leave: Spaces for Us by Us

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Poster viewing and creative presentations 

Concurrent On-Campus Events

All concurrent on campus events will take place in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union (except for the Falcon Pantry Food Drive). Participants are not required to attend the full duration an event and are encouraged to attend multiple as their schedule permits. To volunteer for any of the following events, please register through BGSUserves.

Afternoon Off-Campus Service Opportunities

(transportation will be provided, meet at Lot C) 

A History of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at BGSU

This history was researched and compiled by Amanda Anastasia Paniagua (Ph.D. student in Higher Education Administration). If you have questions, please e-mail her at

1965: Rev. King sent a letter inviting BGSU faculty and staff to participate in a voter registration and education program the following summer (The BG News, January 8, 1965).  

Meeting minutes from January 7, 1965, confirms the letter was read by the then student council president. It is unclear where the letter went after that reading, but its existence is a testament to the potential Dr. King saw in BGSU faculty and students at the time.

Three BGSU students volunteering at the soup kitchen

Updated: 01/10/2023 03:46PM